Bars & Pubs with a minimum spend

Written by Paul
Jan 07, 2016

Bars & Pubs in London for hire with a minimum spend

The great thing about minimum spends is that your guests pay for the event without releasing! This makes it the perfect way to organise a great engagement party, birthday or special occasion without breaking the bank. Of course it does somewhat rely on people spending enough, if they don’t you could be liable for the difference so remember not to stretch yourself to far for a larger or fancier venue than necessary. The 30 guests at your birthday probably won’t spend the £50,000 necessary to hire the Radio Bar at London’s ME Hotel, but they should be able to cover £500 to hire a small function room in a nice London pub.

Minimum spends are rarely fixed by venues and will depend on the day of the week and time of the year. Those last few Friday’s in December may be eye-wateringly expensive when compared to the same space hired on a Monday night in January.

Here’s a look at a range of London’s best pubs and bars available to hire for a minimum spend;

The Fable Bar near Farringdon An outpost of the successful Drake & Morgan chain of bars Fable is redefining how successful pubs look and operate in the modern world. Set over 3 floors the venue is available to hire as sections or as a whole for up to 1000 guests. There are numerous pre-booked package options available from as little as £100 and minimum spends are very reasonable for Central London but will of course vary.

Browns Courtrooms in Covent Garden Situated on St Martins Lane nr Covent Garden and Leicester Square is the old courtrooms of Westminster County Court, used until 1996. On the ground floor sits Browns, part of the Mitchell & Butler chain of restaurants, however upstairs you’ll find 4 very private and unique event spaces. For larger events up to 130 guests you can take the old Judge’s Court, which still contains a beautiful wooden judge’s bench. The slightly smaller Barrister’s Court can host dinners for 48 guests and again features a traditional judge’s bench in the room. The Judge’s Chamber offers a slightly less formal space for receptions of 70. Prices are generally very keen and it’s location makes it one of London’s most popular minimum spend venues.

Picture of one of the floors available to hire in Holborn’s Fable Bar

Radio bar at the ME London Hotel For those seeking somewhere iconic to host an event you’ll struggle to find somewhere with better views than the Radio Bar. From the stylish wrap-around terrace guests will be able to see every major landmark in London, from St Paul’s Cathedral to the Houses of Parliament. The bar can accommodate up to 250 guests, however those views and exclusivity of the venue come at a price, with minimum spends sometimes topping £50,000. Thankfully you can now book tables up to one month in advance should you not have enough friends or money.

The Botanist in Broadgate Tucked away in the sprawling Broadgate estate is The Botanist, part of the boutique pub chain ETM. The basement of the pub has been converted into the Soda Lounge a luxurious contemporary event space for up to 150 guests. Given the popularity of this city watering hole the room is only available for private hire Sunday-Tuesdays but you can also take large tables for up to 40 in the main bar as well. Various off the shelf party packages are available for groups between 15-50 and they also offer canapés & bowl food menus.

Doggett’s Coat & Badge on Blackfriars Bridge For those on a budget we offer the Doggett’s Coat & Badge from Nicholsons Pubs, a central venue offering very affordable prices but good quality food and some great views across the Thames. Upstairs in the venues is the Doggett’s Bar, a bright room suitable for up to 100 guests and featuring wrap around windows with river views. The last event we placed here was a half day meeting for 40 delegates that had a minimum spend £285, that’s only £7.13 per person!

Photo of the from the terrace at Radio Bar in the Melia ME Hotel on The Strand in London

Do you require a venue for a bar or pub for a birthday party, engagement drinks, retirement party or special occasion that can be hired for a minimum spend in London or anywhere throughout the UK? If so click here to make a free enquiry and see up to the minute availability and prices for suitable venues.